By Yamiko Banda-The duration of Medicine and Nursing Sciences Degree programms at the University of Zambia -UNZA- have been reduced.
The Medicine Degree has been reduced from seven to six years while that of Nursing Sciences has been reduced to four years.
The Schools of Medicine and Natural Sciences revised their curricula with the assistance of the Strengthening Health Professional Workforce Education Programs for Improved Quality Health Care in Zambia -SHEPIZ-.
UNZA Spokesperson Brenda Bukowa says this has been done to ensure competitiveness of Zambian students on the international market and bring value to the students’ academic journey.
Dr. Bukowa says the revised curricula will ensure that students are not limited to the Ministry of Health alone by ensuring that they are more rigorous and versatile in their practice as entrepreneurship and management courses have been added.
She was speaking to ZNBC News in a telephone interview today.
Meanwhile, UNZA Vice Chancellor Professor Luke Mumba says with the right support, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing Sciences have the capacity to train health care providers at specialist level in response to the growing demand.
Prof. Mumba says the University has a deliberate policy aimed at encouraging innovative strategies for improving the programmes it offers, adding that the SHEPIZ project is one such strategy.
And SHEPIZ Project Manager who is also Dean – School of Nursing Sciences, Patricia Mukwato thanked the participants for responding to the invitation and their willingness to impact the health care training through their individual contribution by developing